Interns gain industry connections and practical experience working with world-class museums, collections and arts leadership
Art History students at SMU have the extraordinary benefit of access to world-class museums and collections located in Dallas/Fort Worth, both as visitors and, for the most highly qualified, as interns. Our students have had internships or have gone on to work at the Dallas Museum of Art, home of an encyclopedic collection of over 22,000 objects; the Kimbell Museum, housed in Louis Kahn’s landmark building, and which boasts a smaller “masterpiece” collection of art from around the world; the Amon Carter Museum one of the world’s best and most comprehensive collections of American photography; the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Modern Art Museum.
The SMU campus is also home to the Meadows Museum of Art, one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Iberian art outside Spain. Annually, the Meadows Museum awards the William B. Jordan Undergraduate Internship to an SMU art history major.
Internship opportunities on campus also include the Bywaters Special Collections at the Jake and Nancy Hamon Library; the DeGolyer Special Collections at the DeGolyer Library; and the Lady Tennyson d’Eyncourt Visual Resources Library, also located in the Hamon Arts Library.
Students are also eligible for internships at the Dallas Latino Cultural Center, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, the Dallas Historical Society, Preservation Dallas, DMAHL (Dallas Mexican American Historical League) and several first-rate private collections. The close mentorship our students receive has also resulted in paid summer internships at the Metropolitan Museum, the Smithsonian Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.